Holga GTLR Take 2 – Astoria


In my last photoblog I posted the blurry results from the first roll through my Holga GTLR. I thought for my next few posts I’d share more results from that camera.

Happy to have figured out the error of my ways, I brought it with me on a weekend  trip to Astoria, Oregon.  I had a lot of fun with it, once I realized the camera wasn’t broken!




Geeky Bits:

Camera: Holga GTLR
Film: Top photo: expired slide film (I can’t remember which  brand!) Bottom two photos: Portra 160
cross processed by lab (Blue Moon in Portland, Oregon).

Astoria – part 2: city scenery

Travel and Other Adventures

We had a fantastic time this weekend. We were only there for one day but it was packed. We hit the Sunday Market, got some great deals at a few thrift shops, blew some quarters at an old fashioned arcade, made a film at the Oregon Film Museum, Drank lots of beer, and saw a beautiful sunset. I tried to visit Lightbox but, alas, they were closed. Someday I will get to see the inside of that place!

Here are a few photos from the weekend.

Incidentally, there is an article in Willamette Week about Astoria this week, if you would like to read more. 


Astoria – part 1: The Commodore Hotel

Travel and Other Adventures

I realized I forgot to post a blog last night so I will have to post two today to make up for it! I will start the adventure by telling you about the Commodore Hotel – which is where we are staying. 

It’s a really neat old building right in Downtown Astoria.  I love Astoria and was looking forward to staying right downtown. It’s not a big city by any stretch of the imagination but it’s quaint and historic and there are a lot of great breweries, restaurants, and shops. 

We walked into the small, hip lobby and checked in. 

i was drawn to the bookshelves

I noticed the record collection and, indeed, we could check out a portable turntable to take to our room. I’ve been chuckling about this all weekend but it kind of came in handy when I bought an old record at a thrift store yesterday! 

Apparently it was happy hour when we checked in so the front desk clerk drew us a beer from the tap on the counter (!). It was delicious. A seasonal from Fort George brewery across the street. 

Our room is very small and we have to share a bathroom down the hall. It also doesn’t have air conditioning. Which completely sucks because it was in the 90s. However, in addition to turntables they also check out portable fans. 

Not bad. It’s kind of fun for a couple night stay.